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When it comes to boutique hotels there are a few to choose from in Sydney, and now there is a new kid on the block - Aiden Darling Harbour.
We were one of the first to stay at the newly opened 88-room, eight-story hotel by Best Western in Pyrmont, and can say that while it might be compact in nature, Aiden has everything you need for a luxe stay.
We stayed in room 301 - The Urban Planner - King Deluxe room - and enjoyed a beautiful view across the Pyrmont Bridge and Darling Harbour, onto the City skyline.
Each room features smart stay essentials and luxury amenities including Rituals skincare and haircare product range, a ready-to-fill mini fridge and complimentary local goodies such as organic Love Tea.
Also notable was the fact each room had a Dyson Supersonic hairdryer and in-room steamer.
And when it came to getting the much-anticipated ZZZs, the room had a super comfy bed - though the topper was so fluffy I did need a bit of a run up to get on it - a pillow menu, and meditation and white noise radio channels to help wind down. Plus the double-glazed windows and blackout blinds meant nothing was waking me up before my time in the morning.
A huge feature of the hotel are the artworks that you can find throughout the rooms and hallways, inspired by the local area,
The room numbers in the hallways have etchings of native flora by botanist Sir Joseph Banks, and each room features its own unique wall mural hand-painted by Aussie artist-in-residence Jessica Le Clerc.
Downstairs in the lobby and bar a stunning 200-piece sculptural light designed to emulate sunlight cast from Eucalyptus trees takes centre stage.
But the big standout - and a surprise for those in the sometimes 'less desirable' interior rooms - is the 25-metre-high hand-painted wall mural that completely transforms the hidden brick alley which the interior room windows face out towards. It was completely stunning and definitely a compelling reason to actually book one of these rooms on your next stay.
Located on the ground floor is Wayfarer’s Bar & Café is open from 6.30am-10pm.
The vibe is cafe by day and wine bar by night, so you can enjoy breakfast before heading out for the day, or enjoy the all-day and evening snacks if you're feeling peckish later on.
The cafe also offers its own Wayfarer’s coffee blend, and the bar boasts an all-Australian wine and beer list, and a collection of locally-crafted bottled cocktails, including three signature mixes: Gold Fashioned, Firecracker Margarita and I Heart Negroni.
The small things
When it comes to a hotel stay there are a few things you know you'll need, comfortable bed, good bathroom and shower and a few helpful in-room items like a fridge or a hairdryer.
But Aiden Darling Harbour came with a few extras that made the stay just that little bit more special.
We already mentioned the fact that the hairdryer was a Dyson! And there was an in-room steamer. You also receive a handy neighbourhood map to go and explore the area.
You can also breathe easy knowing you’re staying in the only hotel in Australia to offer state-of-the-art Merv-13 / F7 filters in air-conditioning units and continuous 24/7 hydroxyl supply and dispersion throughout the ventilation system. Essentially this means the air you're accessing is as clean as it can be, free of nasties, fresh to you, not shared or circulated with any other rooms.
As all small things go they aren't for everyone of course. If space is something you enjoy in order to spread out with your three suitcases then perhaps this boutique hotel isn't for you.
But if it's a comfortable pit-stop you're after, then this hotel will definitely have you covered.
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